So, maybe I have not given my children as robust of a religious education as I received myself. This was clear to me when I made some offhand comment about not wanting my kids to end up like Caine and Abel. The boys (and their friends who were in the car with us) gave me completely blank stares. When I pushed them on the story details, the best I got was the line, "is this sorta related to that Adam and Eve story?" uh. ya. sorta.
"The Book of Genesis - Illustrated by Robert Crumb". I couldn't resist! How can you NOT pick up a book that has a warning on the cover, saying "Adult Supervision Recommended for Minors"! That makes sense to me. It is, afterall, a tale of sex, violence, mayhem, and murder! :-)
official website. Even if you don't think you know him, if you were alive in the 70s, you probably saw his stuff. This piece, for example? He is one of the fathers of the underground comic movement, creator of "Fritz the Cat" and other such oddities. The guy is a bit strange... certainly, I saw the wierdest biopic on the guy back in the 1990s, just called "Crumb". Crumb also is a character in a nice movie with Paul Giamatti called "American Splendor".
All this to say, Duncan and I managed the first 9 chapters! He is now 'au courant' with respect to the line, "am I my brother's keeper?". The book is a riot. It is the language of the King James Bible, with the bizarre artistic stylings of Crumb. I can't imagine a better way to trick my kids into getting some religious/cultural background! :-) So far, Duncan is most upset that Abel would have sacrificed a lamb... SO UNFAIR to the lamb, he says. He also think God over-reacted a bit in the garden of eden. After all, he says, it was only an apple! And for sure, the flood was a bit much... though of course, Duncan adds, the penguins probably didn't have to go in the ark, since icebergs float, so the penguins were probably fine.